The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution
- Wednesday, October 2, 2019
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- Wed, October 2nd, 2019 | 6:30 PM | $38 (Members $24) | Students $10
Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans have fought—sometimes to the death—over who should be considered equal under the law. From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and beyond, the evolution of birthright citizenship, equitable voting rights, and due process reveals an ongoing cycle of progression and regression, forged by landmark legislation and ceaseless efforts to undermine that legislation. Historians discuss the vigilance that has been necessary to secure basic rights.
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, is the author of The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution. Manisha Sinha (moderator) is Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut and Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.
Image credit (Foner): Daniella Zalcman
The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024